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Mahiki’s Celebrity Clubbers Want Fried Chicken With Their Champagne

A-listers want breaded bird, and more London restaurant news today

Mahiki nightclub in Kensington puts Butchies fried chicken sandwiches on the menu Nic Crilly-Hargrave/Butchies

London’s glitziest nightclub calls in Shoreditch fried chicken specialists

Mahiki Kensington has appointed Shoreditch’s fried chicken sandwich slingers Butchies to take over its food offering. The A-lister magnet’s menu will include new dishes — allegedly — matched to its tiki stylings, although it’s not entirely clear how a “katsu curry burger” is connected to the Americanisation of Polynesian traditions. Runs 31 January — 30 April, Thursday — Saturday nights. [Hot Dinners]

ICYMI: New York’s star restaurateurs confirm London arrival

Eleven Madison Park duo Daniel Humm and Will Guidara will open Davies and Brook at Claridge’s in Mayfair.

All change at Soho’s essential Thai grill

Kiln head chef Nick Molyviatis will return to Athens, with Meedu Saad taking the reins.

South Indian restaurant with actual Michelin cred to open on Baker Street

No stages dressed up here: the former head chef of Vineet Bhatia London will launch Ooty with debut restaurateurs Pooja Nayak and Aseela Goenka.

Brexit-backing pub group sees profits nosedive, because of Brexit

A pro-Brexit publican once infamously claimed that economists “know fuck all about economics.” Yesterday, that same publican, the Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin, announced that his company’s profits had fallen by 40 percent. Not because of a decline in sales, but an increase in prices. Prices have increased across the U.K. over the last two years, in large part, because of Brexit. There’s a German word for this.

Schism forms over Soho bakery turned chain

London’s food writers are divided: not by octopus terrine, but by patisserie. The collapse into administration and subsequent closure of 70 Patisserie Valerie sites — particularly the Soho original — inspired a mixed response, with Jay Rayner and Thane Prince lamenting its passing and time well spent, and Diana Henry and Marina O’Loughlin offering a more contemporary view.


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